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Seven Days in Ireland

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One of those times when you joke about stealing your friends’ baby and your friends have to pretend they aren’t unnerved by it. Bwahahahaaaaaa. OMG THIS CHILD. I want to gobble her up. (I know, I know. I’m *really* not supposed to say that anymore.)

 

Two nights in Galway with Ailbhe and Christian and Shelley and A&C’s ridiculously cute kiddos, down to Tipperary to see Seanan’s folks, weekend in Dingle and back to Tipp for one more night before heading up to Dublin on the train (which was a treat, faster and more comfortable than the bus—Seanan found me a €15 web fare).

 

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The Gallarus Oratory (Dingle peninsula)—1200 years old and still watertight!

 

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Somebody stole my hat.

 

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Kilmalkedar Church (Romanesque, 12th century), Dingle peninsula.

 

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Dingle has lots of quaint-but-not-too-touristy pubs.

 

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The Harry Clarke windows at the Díseart Centre, in the old Presentation Convent. Fascinated with this window in particular for the old lady standing beside Jesus and the nefarious-looking saint on the left.

 

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Back in Dublin. Only two things on Grafton Street are remotely aesthetically pleasing to me: Bewley’s Café (closed again, boo!) and the flower stands.

 

It was lovely to be able to say “see you again in February.” I’ll be back to revise my guidebook!

Big thanks to my aunt Kathy for giving me (yes, GIVING me) her Nikon SLR camera. It was so very generous of her. I’m excited to take a digital photography class in the next couple months so I can learn how to use it beyond the basics!

 

2 Comments to Seven Days in Ireland

  1. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    November 20, 2015 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    The old woman in the stained glass might have inspired Disney’s Beauty and the Beast character at the beginning that turns the prince into a beast.

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